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Efram Sera-Shriar is a Copenhagen-based historian and writer. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds and has worked in higher education and the museum sector for nearly twenty years. Sera-Shriar has published extensively on the history of science and belief, and his forthcoming book, Psychic Investigators, explores British anthropology’s engagement with modern spiritualism during the late Victorian era. He is currently developing a new book project that will be a micro-historical study of Harry Price’s investigation of William Hope’s spirit photography in 1922.
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A Jewish Magician Among the Spirits

Efram Sera-Shriar remembers Harry Houdini’s investigations into spirit and psychic phenomena at the turn of the twentieth century. In 1926, the famous American magician Harry Houdini (née Ehrich Weisz) participated in a series of congressional hearings to determine whether ‘fortune telling’ should be made a criminal offence in the District of Columbia. For many observers […]

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